The SWCS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER 2016 SUMMER MEETING is a half-day event focused on COMPOST that will feature a tour of the composting operation at Bear Path Farm, led by farm owner Bill Obear and partner Mike Mahar.
The residues-to-riches story will be told on-site and at UMass Amherst.
Katie Campbell-Nelson, a UMass Extension educator and vegetable specialist at the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, will provide practical information on site, including a demonstration of how to properly collect samples for analysis and guidance on interpreting compost test results.
Geoff Kuter, President and General Manager at Agresource, Inc., will provide an overview of compost characteristics and the basics of the composting process, different types of facilities in the region (e.g. biosolids vs. leaf and yard wastes), the technologies and equipment that are used, and how composts are being used (including non-agricultural uses).
Hotze Wijnja, an Environmental Chemist at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, has been involved with the development and implementation of the regulations at 330 CMR 31.00 promulgated in 2015 to address plant nutrient management. He will provide an overview of the regulations and discuss the implications of the requirements as they relate to the application of compost.
The event will conclude with the Southern New England Chapter Annual Meeting, which is open to all.
For complete information, go to http://swcssnec.org/events-training/summer/.
The Soil & Water Conservation Society SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to promote, educate and advance all phases of the science of conservation of soil, water and related resources. Serving Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 1946. swcssnec.org - (774) 207-7526 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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